INSPIRED Southern Zone Youths, ISZY, a political group in Plateau State, yesterday, alleged that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming Plateau South senatorial bye-election, George Daika, is not eligible to contest, saying the process that produced him as a candidate was “faulty.”
Addressing newsmen in Jos, the group’s spokesperson, Angela Barde, said the election of the state executive of the PDP that conducted the primary was recently nullified by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Anything done by that executive is null and void,” she said.
She said it would be recalled that on May 24, 2019, the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment, nullified the election of the governor-elect of Zamfara State and all candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The Supreme Court held that the APC did not have any valid candidate in all the elections held in Zamfara State and in a unanimous judgment that was delivered by a five-man panel of justices led by the then Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that the ruling party did not conduct valid primary elections to nominate candidates for any elective position in the state.
As a result, all the APC candidates for the 2019 elections in Zamfara had to relinquish their seats after being declared winners, as the process that returned them as candidates were adjudged to be faulty.
Even as one would have thought that political parties would draw lessons from that experience and put their houses in order before contesting in any major election, it would appear that the PDP in Plateau State is not one of such as it has unwittingly slid into a similar scenario with Zamfara APC ahead of the December 5 by-election for Plateau South.
She added that Plateau South is one of the zones where the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will be conducting bye-elections to fill seats that have become vacant for various reasons.
Since the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan, who represented Plateau South Senatorial District, many have indicated an interest in filling the vacant position.
She added that the two top contenders for the seat so far are Prof. Nora Daduut of the APC and George Daika of the PDP.